Emergency Appointments in Houston, TX
Dental emergencies often happen when least expected, and some require treatment from an endodontic specialist. Dr. Shakiba has the specialized training, skill, and experience needed to provide quality urgent care services for patients suffering from traumatic tooth injuries or experiencing sudden, severe pain due to diseased or damaged teeth. We, at Prime Endodontics, strive to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible.
What Happens During Your Emergency Appointment?
When visiting our office for emergency care, we will make sure you are seen quickly for your needed care. Dr. Shakiba will examine your mouth and will take x-rays, if required, to identify the source of pain and to determine the best procedures to save a tooth.
You’ll receive the necessary treatment right away to alleviate your pain and to ensure the best possible outcomes. We will administer anesthesia and dental sedation to help you relax during treatment. Entrusting your emergency care to a specialist translates to instant pain relief and reliable treatment.
Will You Need Emergency Root Canal Therapy?
When it comes to sudden and unbearable tooth pain due to inflamed or infected tooth pulp, prompt pain relief is crucial, and root canal therapy can do just that. At Prime Endodontics, we offer flexibility in our schedule to accommodate emergency root canal appointments. We are committed to providing you with a comfortable, pain-free experience.
Some of the signs to look for that may indicate the need for root canal therapy include pain or tenderness, prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, tooth discoloration, swelling, and drainage, as well as tenderness in the lymph nodes and the nearby bone and gum tissues. Make sure to seek prompt treatment if you experience any of these symptoms to avoid a dental emergency.
What Is an Emergency Pulpal Debridement?
A Pulpal Debridement is an emergency procedure Dr. Shakiba performs to relieve pain caused by a dental abscess. It typically involves partially removing the nerve of the tooth and draining any pressure associated with the infection. Pulpal debridement provides instant relief. However, it is not a permanent solution, but rather, an emergency procedure to relieve pain until root canal therapy can be performed.
How Are Traumatic Tooth Injuries Treated?
- Knocked-Out (Avulsed) Teeth: If an injury completely knocks out a tooth, immediate treatment is crucial. Gently place the tooth back in its socket without touching the root. If that is not possible, keep it moist in milk or a glass of water with a pinch of salt. A tooth that stays moist has the best chance of being saved. Dr. Shakiba will return the tooth to its socket and will stabilize it with a splint. She may recommend root canal therapy based on the stage of root development. The chances of successfully saving a tooth will depend on the length of time the tooth was out of the mouth, and the way it was stored.
- Dislodged (Luxated) Teeth: If a tooth has been pushed sideways, out of, or into its socket due to trauma, Dr. Shakiba will reposition and stabilize the tooth using a splint. Root canal therapy may be needed to save the tooth.
- Tooth Injuries in Children: Tooth injuries in children are usually addressed by performing an apexogenesis procedure or an apexification procedure. Apexogenesis involves the use of medication to encourage the root to continue development while the pulp heals. If apexogenesis does not succeed, apexification may be recommended. The procedure involves the removal of the damaged pulp and placing medication into the root. That helps stimulate root development and encourages the formation of a hard tissue barrier near the root tip to close off the apex and prevent further inflammation and infection.
Emergency Appointments Near Me
Contact Prime Endodontics in Houston, TX, immediately if you require emergency dental care. Our experienced and caring staff is proud to offer specialized care and outstanding services. You can count on us to be there for you when you need us the most!